Live Green in 2013
Everyday Green Tips for a healthier, more environmentally (& wallet) friendly lifestyle:
1. Use durable goods - Bring your own cloth bags to local stores. Replace plastic and paper cups with ceramic mugs, disposable razors with reusable ones. Refuse unneeded plastic utensils, napkins, and straws when you buy takeout foods. Use a cloth dishrag instead of paper towels at home, and reusable food containers instead of aluminum foil and plastic wrap.
2. Drink Tap Water - Most cities in the United States have clean, drinkable water, so use tap water (you can filter it if you’d like) and refillable water bottles instead of buying bottled water.
3. Recycle household discards - Make an effort to participate fully in your town’s or your building’s recycling program. Use different bins that follow your city’s recycling policies so you don’t have to separate later. For more information about the benefits of recycling, visit NRDC’s Recycling page.
4. Chose energy-efficient products - When buying new appliances or electronics, shop for the highest energy-efficiency rating. The most energy-efficient models carry the Energy Star label, which identifies products that use 20-40% less energy than standard new products. According to the EPA, the typical American household can save about $400 per year in energy bills with products that carry the Energy Star. Learn more at NRDC’s CO2 Smackdown.
5. Don’t forget to reuse by donating - Paper, plastic, glass and cans aren’t the only items that should be diverted from incinerators and landfills. Donate old clothing, furniture and other useful but unwanted household items to homeless shelters, thrift stores, animal shelters and other community organizations.
6. Leave the car at home - When possible, choose alternatives to driving (public transit, biking, walking, carpooling), and bundle your errands together so you’ll make fewer trips. Find out if you live in a smart region for transportation in NRDC’s Smarter Cities nationwide transportation study.
7. Use power strips - Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you’re not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously. With several electronics plugged into a power strip, you can turn everything off at once with the flip of a switch—also, most power strips double as a surge protector.
8. Buy recycled products - Purchase paper and other products for your home and office that are made with post-consumer recycled content and packaged in recyclable materials. Check the packaging you buy to ensure that it’s recyclable (and ideally includes recycled content). Avoid buying individually-wrapped servings – repackage at home in smaller, reusable containers.
9. Use water wisely in the kitchen - Water is wasted more quickly than you might think. An open faucet lets about 5 gallons of water flow every 2 minutes. In the kitchen, you can save between 10 and 20 gallons of water a day by running the dishwasher only when it’s full. You can save up to 30 percent more water by running a full load in your dishwasher than if you wash all the dishes by hand with the tap running. Save yourself money and time and use your dishwasher.
10. Repair leaks - Fix leaking and dripping faucets as soon as possible. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons every day.
For the latest full list of tips from NRDC that the NBA is distributing to their fans nationwide, encouraging them to save energy and natural resources, save money, and benefit the environment please see the NRDC Greening Advisor for the NBA
DID YOU KNOW?
- You can make 34 new cans with only one pound of recycled aluminum.
- Producing bottled water requires more than 1,000 times more energy than tap water.
- You can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline by recycling one ton of mixed paper waste.
- 20% of single-serving plastic water bottles are recycled each year in the United States.
- Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
- You can save 7,000 gallons of water by recycling one ton of paper waste.
- Recycling one aluminum can, can save enough energy to run a 25-watt flourescent bulb for 16 hours.
- Roughly 500 million bottles of water are purchased in the United States each week. 34.6 billion single-serving plastic water bottles are purchased each year. Only about 20% are recycled.